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The Man Who Risked It All [Kindle Edition]

Laurent Gounelle
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Looking down from the Eiffel Tower, Alan Greenmor stands on the edge, determined to end it all. As he prepares to jump, his thoughts are interrupted by a cough. To his right is a mysterious stranger in a dark suit, smoking a cigar. This is Yves Dubreuil. The person who will change Alan’s life.

Dubreuil convinces Alan to reconsider his plans, with one caveat: instead of ending his life, he will give his life over to Dubreuil. In return, Dubreuil promises to teach Alan the secrets to happiness and success.

And so, Alan embarks on a wild ride of self-discovery. From a humiliating fiasco at a Parisian bakery, to finding the strength to assert himself in his company’s boardroom, Alan learns to overcome his deepest fears and self-doubts, face life’s unexpected twists and turns, take crazy risks, and fully accept himself in the process.

From best-selling author Laurent Gounelle, The Man Who Risked It All explores the fragility of life and the possibilities that are presented to us in the unlikeliest circumstances.

About the Author

Laurent Gounelle is a personal development specialist who trained in humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Besides lecturing at the Université of Clermont-Ferrand, he is now a consultant and takes part in international seminars. His books have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide. They are based on the principles of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1574 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848508581
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions; Tra edition (3 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8KX7RU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Alan Greenmor 22 Sep 2014
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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American born, he is the son of French woman who followed her husband back to America but sadly died when Alan graduated from business school. He returns to France, an orphan, works for a large recruitment agency "Dunker Consulting" but is never a happy satisfied person. When his short-lived relationship with Audrey finishes he is despondent and decides the answer is suicide, by stepping off from the Eiffel Tower.
Only he is stopped by a mysterious stranger who offers him a promise. He will save Alan but in return Alan must do everything he (Yves Dubreuil) asks of him. The promise is that he will be taught the secrets of success and happiness.
Therefore the title, He must risk it all.
What follows is a rather sketchy novel that includes challenges set and tackled.
There is some humour and in each task there is a life lesson.
And behind it all there is a man orchestrating everything for his own reasons, revealed at the end of the book.
As a novel I feel it is weak and not engaging. However some parts are quite good and I cannot forget the comment "but this is France-the less people understand what you are talking about, the more you are taken for a genius." Only a French man can write this I think.
The author is a Personal development specialist in NLP. I think I would prefer a textbook. This weird mix of fable and novel doesn't work for me, and while there is wisdom here, I was bored.
In being true to myself I can only give 3 stars and that's being generous.
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By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you're at the end of your tether and leaping from the highest point of the Eiffel tower seems like the best available option you're probably not going to let anyone talk you down. Especially not some stranger who mysteriously appears and seems indifferent to your plight. As you hang at a point somewhere between life and death he stands alongside and appears unbothered. His behaviour is so strange, but so totally right, your courage slips away and you find yourself leaving thoughts of suicide behind as you enter into a pact with the stranger who saved you from yourself but who then, mysteriously, insists you forfeit your life if you go back on your word.

The novel spins out to see the lead character experience a series of life altering experiences. This time his mental, psychological, strength is being developed and honed in a way that allow him to deal with life and survive it, enjoy it, rather than allow events to overwhelm him and drive him back down into his previous suicidal thought processes.

'The Man Who Risked It All' is a self help book and it delivers many subtle messages if you have a mind that's open and ready to accept them. I know very little about NLP but even I 'got it'.

Intelligent, well plotted and interesting novel that's certainly entertaining and has a twist in the tail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely journey 23 Jun 2014
By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE
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Much is made about this being a literary device to explore neurolinguistic programming. But let me examine this as a novel. In a quirky scene that could have come straight from a French comedy, a suicidal man is confronted by one who is very compelling. Give me your life and you will find happiness and success. Even upon reading this, I could not help but think of Amelie or MicMacs.

The journey has a touch of naivete but it is a love tale to explore, with minature philosophies that enrich the reader upon realisation of what they have read. I could not see this same journey happening in a Anglo-American environment because of the implied acceptance of said premises. It does not suffer, unless you are fettered by the knowledge that the author is putting forth a dialogue about NLP. There are a few passages which require a bit more suspension of disbelief though.

This makes the story even cleverer. Just as many Greek philosophers expounded through a dialogue between the knowing and the sceptic- this is a highly readable exposition if NLP.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Laurent Gounelle has written a sort of parable, based on the NLP presuppositions. Alan Greenmor is on the verge of throwing himself from the Eiffel Tower, but instead enters into a type of Faustian contract with a mysterious man, who starts to coach him into taking control of his life. Alan learns how to improve his self esteem, tackles a difficult work situation and how to build rapport and communicate well with people. Some of this is explored in an entertaining way and the points are carried in some cases more effectively with the power of narrative, but essentially the business part of the story is just not believable and the answer to modern capitalism that is presented as a triumph is also unconvincing.

I landed on giving it three stars because it did hold my attention. The thing it communicated well was the idea of truly wanted to understand somebody else's world in order to communicate well with them. Otherwise it was a bit Janet and John.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Novel idea! 3 April 2014
By Bess_Wheat VINE VOICE
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At first I didn't care very much for Alan Greenmor. I felt like his character was a little simplistic and unbelievable. But once I started seeing the book as a novel way of getting across an awareness of language and interaction I warmed to it. Of course the incidents in the book are dramatic because it is, after all, a work of fiction. It is interesting though to extract important lessons about how we communicate with others and attempt to reach our goals. As I started applying the little lessons in my own life and way of thinking I was drawn more into the book and enjoyed the storyline. The ending might be a little far fetched but I certainly didn't see it coming!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A path you may want to take
This is an interesting book that I don't think quite works as a novel. It feels like a slightly over written moral tale, where the moral is pointed out just a bit too... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Peter Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
The Man Who Risked It All reminded me of the kind of books you read as a child which have lessons within the story, and it did feel a little off-putting to this adult. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
What an excellent book! Very exciting story, very mysterious and a real page turner, highly recommended and most of the way through it I was thinking this really is like a thriller... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thinker
5.0 out of 5 stars This is really excellent, a self help book with a difference
Wow. This is really excellent, a self help book with a difference, a very engaging storyline. I highly recommend it, an inspiring and uplifting read.
Published 2 months ago by Nicolette Laurence
5.0 out of 5 stars A steady and interesting read
Although this story seems unlikely, it actually holds your attention so that you keep coming back to it quite happily to find out what's going to happen next. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars great read
This is one lovely book, nice quality paper, great quality printing, and I was absolutely hooked by it...couldnt put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Hammond
3.0 out of 5 stars Based on the principles of NLP
This book has received very positive reviews, and sets out to explore the fragility of life and the possibilities that are presented to us in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars purposeful play
Here Alan and the mysterious Yves dialogue on principles of happiness and success. And from this emerges challenges, fears, doubts and much discovery. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. DOUGLAS
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Affirming
This is a great book that hooked me straightaway to be honest. It's a very successful hybrid of self-help manual and novel and the combining of the two genres is seamless. Read more
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